When it comes to vehicles, every gram counts if ambitious targets in terms of fuel economy and CO2 emissions are to be achieved. That is why Continental, the international automotive supplier, has developed a new fixed-type caliper brake for medium-sized passenger cars. Compared with the fist-caliper brakes widely used at present, this new design can save up to 1.5 kg per wheel. To enable this progress to be made with the highest level of acoustic comfort, Continental has applied the knowledge it has gained over many years of experience with the FN fist-calipers to the development of its new fixed-type caliper brake. The new aluminum monobloc brake caliper features drawn brake pads and is fundamentally much more robust in terms of brake squeal – previously a known problem with fixed calipers. We are helping vehicle manufacturers to further reduce the CO2 emissions on new models. Weight is a key factor in this respect. At the same time, light-weight design must not be allowed to create problems in other areas. In order to prevent squeal on fixed-type caliper brakes, we have used our experience with fist-caliper brakes to come up with an innovative fixed-type caliper design, said Dietrich Golz, Head of Development for Wheel Brakes at the Hydraulic Brake Systems Business Unit at Continental's Chassis & Safety Division.